18 Months


{Running to his daddy!}

Dear Paxton,

You are 18 months old! A year and a half! On one hand it’s hard to believe that you’re this old already but then again it’s hard to believe that you’re still this young! Since you’re so tall and smart, we often think of you as a 2-year-old! You’re just as tall as most of the 2-year-olds that we know and almost everybody thinks you’re already 2! And Daddy and I feel like we’ve had you in our family forever!

You are so full of life and personality! From your love of music {specifically guitars and drums}, to your love of technology {you make Daddy proud} to your love for people, we are always entertained and have full hearts! Like any 18-month-old you do have your tantrums and moments that make us tired but most of the time you are so happy and joyful and this makes us want many more kids!!

You love to eat, I never would have guessed that somebody so small could eat so much. At some meals you eat about as much as we do! You recently started saying eat, which sounds more like “eee”! We hear this word quite frequently throughout the day! Another favorite word is water, pronounced “wawa” by you!

More words we hear quite frequently are guitar, paa (iPad), baby, doe (shoe), side (outside), go, eese (cheese), moo, meow, dog and several more! You love to talk! Oh, and you say Daddy and Mama all the time!

You love people. You let anybody hold you and you love to high five and fist bump! It’s precious!

One of your favorite places right now is at church on stage since your daddy lets you play on the drums there! It’s like your playground! And you adore being in daddy’s truck listening to music! You also love going out to the garage and playing there.

At your 18 month check up you weighed 26 pounds 4 ounces! You were in the 55th percentile for both weight and height. The doctor was quite impressed with your vocabulary and your high five!

We are pretty certain that you are going to be an amazing big brother! You love babies! You have a natural gentleness around them and you do so well loving your babies (your doll and teddy bear). Lately if mama or daddy is napping, you are sure to tell the other parent ‘shh’, letting us know that we need to be quiet! We are hoping this habit remains once Weston arrives!

We love you!!

And here are several pictures taken on October 16, the day he was 18 months: 


Getting daddy’s keys! A boy needs keys to drive his 4-wheeler {which was salvaged from in front of a dumpster…thought I’d share that bit of frugality!}



Our big driver!


Getting some love from mama!


I told him “I need a hug” and he came running! I love the sweetness!


And time for kisses! Paxton loves to kiss!




Getting some loving from daddy!


Daddy always makes him smile, giggle and laugh louder than anybody else!


Having fun with daddy! Our precious 18-month-old boy!


Eating Chili

The other night, we had chili for dinner and I fed Paxton. He was hungry and was eating it but between bites he was crying and the only thing we could figure was that he wanted to feed himself. However, I did not want my 17-month-old to feed himself chili…can you say mess?

Well, the next day at lunch, I decided to give him a chance and see how he’d do. I stripped him down to his diaper and socks and gave him his own bowl and spoon.

The results were what I expected, although I was surprised at his ability to eat chili with his hands. {He’s pretty good with a fork since he can stab things but not so good with a spoon!}

He was quite proud that he was feeding himself and I knew it was nothing a nice spraying down followed by a bath couldn’t take care of!One more step towards independence! Although, he’ll only be eating chili by himself at home with no clothes on…


Forward Facing

Last Monday we finally turned Paxton’s car seat around. We’ve kept him rear facing for as long as possible because we think that is the safest way for little ones to ride. However, his little legs just kept getting longer and he was looking quite uncomfortable riding rear facing. {He’s around 25 pounds so well over the recommended weight limit for forward facing!}

It’s amazing how having him facing forward makes him seem so much bigger. He just looks like such a big boy! 

Enjoying facing forward! His first trip forward facing actually was in daddy’s truck! John David put Paxton’s car seat in his truck so the two of them could go to the dump. Watching him drive off with his daddy facing forward was one of the cutest things I’d seen in awhile. He just seemed so happy and like it was such an adventure! Precious!!!

I love being able to turn around and see him! It’s much easier to reach him and talk to him.

It’s amazing how fast they go from itty bitty babies to big boys!

Just think, soon we’ll be adding another car seat to the back seat! How exciting!!

Playing and Feeding Himself



Last Thursday started out with a milestone! As John David was getting ready for work, Paxton said, “bye da!” That was his very first sentence!! We were both very proud of this!

Paxton and I had a nice day, I had gotten most of my housework done earlier in the week so we just spent most of the day playing and reading which is a lovely way to spend a hot summer day! We even went swimming that afternoon!




We played so much in his room that he emptied out his toy tub and the tub then became a toy! I have a feeling this will happen more often!


Playing in the tub! Was it a ship or a car? I don’t know but he’s making “vehicle” noises!


It’s so much fun just watching him play!

We had chili for dinner Thursday night! {I know, it’s 100 degrees outside but chili is so easy to make and it’s yummy! When you add in sour cream it  makes it suitable to eat on a hot day!}

I let Paxton feed himself dinner! He did a great job using his fork and later his hands but he didn’t have food everywhere just all over his face and hands!


Messy faced little boy! 


After polishing off his chili, he ate a whole banana! This boy can eat!


Yummy banana!!Look at the little chipmunk! He tends to take bites that are way to big!!

After dinner, Paxton had a nice bath to wash the chili and banana off of him!


Paxton’s First Haircut

Last Monday Paxton had his very first “real” haircut! (I’ve been trimming up his bangs for weeks now and had trimmed his “mullet” off a few weeks ago.) I was sad to see his beautiful long hair go but I figured if I hated it short, I could always let it grow back out! Plus, with this summer heat, he needed a “cooler” hair cut!

Here’s the back before! Look at that beautiful hair!

And the side, his ears really needed trimming up!

With Ashley, our friend and stylist! She did such a great job! And Paxton did really good too…he was pretty still and I was honestly quite impressed at how well he did since he is only 1!

Look at my big boy! {He had been crying big time…thus the sad eyes and drool!}

One handsome little man!

What a difference!

He looks like such a little boy now!

And no, I didn’t cry at all and I wasn’t sad about his first hair cut! And, I didn’t keep a lock of hair! {I know…I’m a horrible mother! But honestly, that’d be just one more sentimental thing to deal with!}

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